The proposal for a permanent sustainable cultural event venue on North Byron Parklands’ 660 acre site at Yelgun in the Byron Shire was on public exhibition for six weeks from October 7.
The Department received 4,821 submissions in support of the proposal and 715 submissions were received against the proposal.
The Department also received a petition with 4,160 signatures in support of the proposal and petitions totalling 25 signatures against the proposal.
“We are obviously happy with the results of the public exhibition period and we thank those who supported the proposal with all our hearts” said Mat Morris, General Manager of North Byron Parklands.
“We are addressing issues raised in submissions and will aim to provide our feedback including any updates to our proposal to the Department of Planning prior to Christmas. We understand we still have some way to go before a decision is made”.
If approved, the proposed cultural event venue would host events up to a maximum of twenty days each year (not including events of under 300 people) when operating at capacity.
“The event structure allows the site to experience little to no activity for 280 days each year” outlined Mat Morris.
Further, less than half the 660 acre site would be used for event purposes, with the remaining land used for bush regeneration and habitat.
Approval of the proposal would bring Splendour in the Grass home to the Byron Shire, where it resided for the first nine of its ten years. Queensland has welcomed the highly popular festival which regularly sells out in a matter of hours, with the Queensland Government investing heavily in ensuring the Woodford site was ready for Splendour’s 2010 10th anniversary event.
“We hope to have an answer regarding our application in the New Year,” Mr Morris said.